What is the greatest sports rivalry of all time in your opinion?

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What is the greatest sports rivalry of all time in your opinion? (42 votes)

Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels 7%
New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox 14%
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics 17%
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears 12%
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines 14%
Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide 0%
San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 5%
Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys 7%
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens 17%
Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal 7%
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys 0%

Sorry if I didn't include a rivalry you thought fitting if so then vote other and comment what it is and why. I'm very curious for some sports rivalries that I don't know about so please share.

#1 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

Sooners vs Longhorns is a bigger rivalry than Sooners vs. Cowboys

#2 Posted by RevanBITW (506 posts) -

I'm a Canadiens fan and I call tell you the Canadiens vs. Bruins rivalry is much bigger.

#3 Posted by Seabas989 (9647 posts) -

Tough to name just one.So in random order:

Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

Argentina vs. Brazil

Redskins vs. Cowboys

Yankees vs. Red Sox

Ohio St. vs. Michigan

North Carolina vs. Duke

Also lately: Steelers vs. Ravens

#4 Edited by 36Ounces (2033 posts) -

So many good ones it's hard to pick just one. UGA/Auburn the souths oldest rivalry. Noles/Fla an Noles/Canes great too.

#5 Posted by yokofox33 (28397 posts) -

Florida/UGA, FSU/Florida, FSU/Miami

The biggest rivalry though is Jaguars/Everyone. Teams/fans get jealous of the success the Jags have had, so there's naturally some bitterness and hate whenever someone's team plays them. #swaguars

#6 Posted by Master_Live (12259 posts) -

I would have to go with Ali vs. Frazier or Lakers vs. Celtics.

#7 Posted by The-Apostle (11913 posts) -

I picked Packers/Bears

But also Cowboys/Redskins and Lakers/Celtics

#10 Edited by Braun_Roid_Rage (627 posts) -

It's all subjective brah. But I voted Boys - skins.

#11 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16691 posts) -

No Wings Vs. Avalanche option? Have we all forgotten the EPIC 97 brawl?

#12 Posted by bowchicka07 (745 posts) -

Sooners vs Longhorns is a bigger rivalry than Sooners vs. Cowboys

good point!

#13 Edited by monkeytoes61 (8291 posts) -

Army Navy. This one is not debatable, there is no bigger rivalry.

#14 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2547 posts) -

Sooners vs Longhorns is a bigger rivalry than Sooners vs. Cowboys

lol the fact that osu is on here is a joke.

Anyway my top 5 in no particular order would be

Texas vs OU
Duke vs NC
Army vs Navy
Bama vs Auburn
Boys vs Skins

#15 Posted by hrst1 (10 posts) -

Are guys joking? Handegg? It's Chelsea vs Manchester United, Chelse vs Arsenal, Barcelona vs Real Madrid.

#16 Edited by Braun_Roid_Rage (627 posts) -

@hrst1 said:

Are guys joking? Handegg? It's Chelsea vs Manchester United, Chelse vs Arsenal, Barcelona vs Real Madrid.

Better than eggfoot brah that game boring as hell to watch.

#17 Edited by jg4xchamp (45941 posts) -

Some of these rivalries are given too much credit for length of time. And doesn't take into account big games. For instance I think 70s Raiders v Steelers is a more compelling rivalry than Packers v Bears. Yes the history is so long on the latter, but the former has so many historically big games(the Packers have played bigger games against the Cowboys) when all the marbles were on the line. At least NFL wise Cowboys v 49ers, Patriots v Colts were all more interesting to. Short lived and arguably not as nasty among the fanbase(though from what I hear 70s Raiders v Steelers). At least with the NFL rivalries, the regular season stuff is fine and all, but it's the big playoff centric rivalries that are more impressive at least that's the way I look at it.

Either way I'm picking Yankees v Red Sox. You have the history, you have the bad blood between fans, you have the big games countless playoff games, and yes at a certain point it was gloriously one sides as one side won all the big games, and the other shittier side kept losing. But then sadness happened and the world was given the 2nd worst day in the history of sports as those shitstains from Boston made one of Baseball's most awful comebacks. Thus officially evening the odds(spiritually at least), and then allowing those filthy, disgusting, bottom feeding shit stains on the fabric of humanity Boston fans to actually talk up to glorious New York. History, big games, bad blood, and oh yeah a shit ton of hall of famers to boot.

The Glorious New York Yankees and the Boston Shit Sox

#18 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

@hrst1 said:

Are guys joking? Handegg? It's Chelsea vs Manchester United, Chelse vs Arsenal, Barcelona vs Real Madrid.

Your country must have weird ass shaped eggs.

#19 Posted by sherman-tank1 (8024 posts) -

@jg4xchamp: Then you have those New York Yankees who are old enough to be in a retirement home. The fans who bring up championships before they were even born. And a city that has a ghetto walking distance from the UN headquarters.

#20 Edited by Legend500 (114 posts) -

WTF American football, great rivalries? LMFAO. Spurs and Arsenal is the best but I'm a Tottenham fan so I'm biased.

#21 Posted by Solid_Link22 (5550 posts) -

Lakers and Boston rivalry

#22 Posted by Praisedasun (410 posts) -

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Rangers vs Celtic(seriously,I can't believe I am the first one to bring this up)

Boca vs River

Inter vs Juve

Partizan vs Red Star

#23 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2547 posts) -

WTF American football, great rivalries? LMFAO. Spurs and Arsenal is the best but I'm a Tottenham fan so I'm biased.

lmfao Spurs? Team is irrelevant. THEY STINK!

#24 Edited by Legend500 (114 posts) -

@Legend500 said:

WTF American football, great rivalries? LMFAO. Spurs and Arsenal is the best but I'm a Tottenham fan so I'm biased.

lmfao Spurs? Team is irrelevant. THEY STINK!

On the brink of Champions League qualification but yeah sure, whatever. We just played the greatest football in the world 2 seasons ago, had some incredible world class players at the club like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart. Have some of the greatest young talents in football like Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. :D

#25 Edited by Regent192 (6699 posts) -

@hrst1: Can someone tell me how a football is shaped like an egg? I can't take soccer fans seriously.

as for the greatest rivalry I would say Lakers and Celtics and Army and Navy

#26 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2547 posts) -

@Put_in_Kitna said:

@Legend500 said:

WTF American football, great rivalries? LMFAO. Spurs and Arsenal is the best but I'm a Tottenham fan so I'm biased.

lmfao Spurs? Team is irrelevant. THEY STINK!

On the brink of Champions League qualification but yeah sure, whatever. We just played the greatest football in the world 2 seasons ago, had some incredible world class players at the club like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart. Have some of the greatest young talents in football like Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. :D

LMFAO. Best football in world? LOL tell me what did you win then? Yeah jack shit. Guess what? Now you have none of those players. Why? Oh because they wanted to win.

#27 Posted by chrisrooR (9026 posts) -
#28 Edited by iowastate (7873 posts) -

you said sports rivalry this is pretty much limited to American gridiron football and that is only a very tiny portion of the sporting world. the topic is DAMN misleading.

#29 Posted by GamerForca (7031 posts) -

@iowastate: shut up jim

^Get out of here with that Spurs shit as well.

#30 Posted by baulamon (7 posts) -

I am greatly fan of North Carolina Tar Heels & also love the country.

#31 Edited by ManBearPuig (13 posts) -

Speaking strictly of American sports, I would go with Yankees-Red Sox, with Lakers Celtics coming in right behind them. So many great ones, though.

I feel like college b ball rivalries were better when kids stayed longer in school. It bred more contempt.

#32 Posted by CWEBB04z (4439 posts) -

@baulamon said:

I am greatly fan of North Carolina Tar Heels & also love the country.

Who freakin cares.

#33 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (627 posts) -

@CWEBB04z said:

@baulamon said:

I am greatly fan of North Carolina Tar Heels & also love the country.

Who freakin cares.

That's the christmas spirit brah.

#34 Posted by Cynical_Buzzard (216 posts) -

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

#35 Posted by X360PS3AMD05 (36296 posts) -

Sox-Yanks, they've done it in the playoffs, big cities big payrolls.

@Legend500 said:

WTF American football, great rivalries? LMFAO. Spurs and Arsenal is the best but I'm a Tottenham fan so I'm biased.

lmfao Spurs? Team is irrelevant. THEY STINK!

Hahaha when was the last time those teams won anything? Can a rivalry really be that big when London has like 10 teams itself.......and their rivals are from the same city ?? WTF

#36 Edited by Netret0120 (1507 posts) -

Real Madrid Vs Barcelona

Man Utd vs Liverpool

#37 Edited by hemantlatawa (10 posts) -

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox the greatest sports rivalry of all time in my opinion.

#38 Posted by genius2365 (330 posts) -

Montreal Canadians and Boston Bruins definitely have a pretty big rivalry. Every game is physical and intense, not to mention some matches that just went overboard.

#39 Posted by Dexter-010 (501 posts) -

LOL. That ain't real rivalries. No football (soccer in your language) matches hahaha.

Google for these ones:

Feyenoord - Ajax

River Plate - Boca Juniors

Galatasaray - Fenerbahçe

PAOK - Aris

Olympiakos - Panathinaikos

Crvena Zvezda - Partizan

Dinamo Zagreb - Crvena Zvezda

Hajduk Split - Dinamo Zagreb

Celtic - Glasgow Rangers

Millwall - West Ham United

Schalke '04 - Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan - Internazionale

Napoli - Juventus

AS Roma - Lazio

Genoa - Sampdoria

Genoa - AC Milan

etc.

#40 Posted by betamaxx83 (334 posts) -

Packers vs Bears, nothing beats it in my opinion. Small city vs big city, so much history between the two, and two of the most successful and oldest franchises in the NFL.

#41 Posted by Zombiekiller360 (348 posts) -

Madrid vs Barca

Bears vs Packers

Sounders vs Timbers

Kings vs Canucks

Dodgers vs Giants

Lakers vs Celtics

IMO

#42 Posted by The_Last_Ride (65902 posts) -

Barcelona vs Madrid, Ali vs Frazier, Nadal vs Federer and Liverpool vs United

#43 Edited by Jag85 (3983 posts) -

Boxing:

  • Louis vs Schmeling
  • Ali vs Frazier
  • Ali vs Norton
  • Pacman vs Marquez

Football:

  • Real Madrid vs Barcelona
  • Man U vs Liverpool
  • Man U vs Arsenal

#44 Posted by GeekInkINC (32 posts) -

The Cowboys and any other NFL team haha.

The Red River Rivalry is another big one.

#45 Posted by uninspiredcup (4672 posts) -

#46 Posted by adamosmaki (9280 posts) -

Some european clubs that compete in multiple sports ( mainly football and Basketball ) really do hate each other

If you ever watched a game such as

Red Star vs Partizan or Olympiacos vs Panathinaikos you will know what i mean. Anything goes from flares to even serious injuries and unfortunately even deaths a few times ( thankfully thinks got a bit more civilized lately but still there is a lot of tension between such kind of games to the point where fans of the opposing team cant watch their team playing in away games against their arch rivals )

#47 Posted by Jag85 (3983 posts) -

Some european clubs that compete in multiple sports ( mainly football and Basketball ) really do hate each other

If you ever watched a game such as

Red Star vs Partizan or Olympiacos vs Panathinaikos you will know what i mean. Anything goes from flares to even serious injuries and unfortunately even deaths a few times ( thankfully thinks got a bit more civilized lately but still there is a lot of tension between such kind of games to the point where fans of the opposing team cant watch their team playing in away games against their arch rivals )

True. Football hooliganism is a big problem across Europe.

#48 Edited by Pedro_Ibarra (35 posts) -

@hrst1 said:

Are guys joking? Handegg? It's Chelsea vs Manchester United, Chelse vs Arsenal, Barcelona vs Real Madrid.

I think the biggest rivalry in English football is Manchester United-Liverpool. Chelsea is a "new" rival for Manchester United. When Abramovich acquired the team and transformed it in one of the biggest club in the world the point of view of some people could change. But, I think honestly, Liverpool never would have transferred Mata to Man. United if the Spanish player was playing for Merseyside team.

If anyone is interested in this football rivalry, you can go to Youtube and search it. There are extraordinary documentaries that shows the history of a rivalry that started before the football.

#49 Posted by yashenterprises (6 posts) -

In Tennis its,federer v/s Nadal, in Cricket its India v/s Pakistan,England v/s Australia,in Football their are many

#50 Posted by coasterguy65 (5425 posts) -

Of that list probably Yankees and Redsox, although I personally think things between the Redsox and Orioles used to be much more heated back when the O's used to be good years ago.

Most storied rivalry is probably Army vs Navy.

Steelers vs Ravens is a pretty brutal rivalry.

Sadly I am stuck in NC now so I do know that Duke / UNC has caused it share of divorces and fights so I guess it needs to get a mention.

Soccer / Football has it's share also, but I really don't follow the sport so I will say Manchester and anyone that plays them?